19th June......First Sefton Park Century for Vin Mane

A century by Vin Mane went unnoticed by many supporters as 5 runs gained during a controversial incident when a ball was kicked over the boundary were not recorded on the scoreboard. Sefton Park, captained by Howard Parker as Paul Horton was playing for Lancashire, won the toss and put Huyton in to bat but an opening stand of 187 was the major part of the visitors 253 for 3 declared in 48 overs. In reply Sefton Park faced 49 overs but never looked like reaching the Huyton total and the game finished in a draw as Sefton reached 153 for 8 with Vin Mane's undefeated 101 being the only major contribution.

The 2ndXI maintained top spot in a comfortable win at Haydock. Winning the toss and batting Sefton declared on 185 for 5 with Paul Squires scoring 44 and Chris Wylie 55 not out in 24 balls. In reply the home team were dismissed for 124 with Bruce Neary (4 for 37) and Steve Delve (3 for 13) being the pick of the bowlers.

On the Lower Ground, the 3rdXI lost in the league for the first time. Wallasey were the visitors and declared on 240 for 6. In reply Sefton Park were dismissed for 218 with Phil Calrow (58), Raz Salim (37) and Ian Seabury (34) being the pick of the batsmen.

The biggest problem for the 4thXI's visit to Northop Hall was actually getting there with different traffic problems. Once there, Sefton Park made 219 for 6 declared, Kev Walton (40), Matthew Phythian (30) and Dave Hort (30) top scored. In reply the home team were dismissed for 106 and although the wickets were shared special mention must be made of Naj Ahmed who bowled 7 maidens in his 8 overs and took 2 for 4.

Vin Mane's Hundred against Huyton.

All of Sefton Park's regular supporters appreciate the high standard the scoreboard has reached in recent seasons thanks to scorer Dave Smith and his brother Graham. There is regular praise at the fact that runs are being put on the scoreboard as they were being scored, a feat not often achieved at our level of cricket. This weekend, as mentioned on this website and the Liverpool Echo, many supporters went home not knowing that Vin Mane had made a hundred. These are scorer Dave Smith's own words as to what happened;-

"May I also take this opportunity to both apologise and explain the incorrectness of the scoreboard Re Vin Mane's hundred in the game against Huyton. The reason the board showed him 96 not out was because when the ball was deliberately kicked to the boundary 5 penalty runs were awarded to the batting side, which are not credited to the striker. I had already telephoned the result through to the league when umpire Mike Dixon approached the scorebox some 10 minutes after play had ended, to quite correctly amend his decision to 1 run to the striker and 4 overthrows for the boundary. This gave Mane 5 more runs taking him to 101 and I immediately informed both the league and later Vin himself of this amendment.
I trust this clears up any confusion and whilst I apologise to the members that his century was not displayed on the scoreboard,I trust that you now realise why and it was not through any error made by Graham or I."

Certainly no apology is necessary and we must thank Dave for his explanation.

20th June...Defeat at Liverpool in Competition Knockout

Sefton Park lost at Liverpool in the Competition (Littlewoods Gaming KO). Liverpool batted first and scored 166 for 8 in 35 overs. In reply Sefton Park reached 152 for 9 with Chris Nicholas (40) and Robbie Houghton (29) top scoring.